Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences
The undergraduate program in Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (ESMS):
- Provides a comprehensive exposure to the field of exercise science, with coursework in areas such as kinesiology, physiology, biomechanics, motor behavior, and exercise programming
- Introduces students to the theoretical concepts and practical skills associated with preventive health, exercise and disease management, physical fitness, exercise program design, and sports conditioning
- Provides an overview of mechanical aspects of human movement as well as physiological systems including anatomical, musculoskeletal, neural, cardiovascular, metabolic, and respiratory; inclusive of both lecture and laboratory experiences.
- Includes a one semester (240 hour) internship (final semester of senior year), in which students can select their area of focus in order to gain 'real world' work experience in their chosen field. An option to complete the internship within one of the many Human Performance Laboratories is available with permission/acceptance of the lab director. Click here for application.
The undergraduate and graduate programs in Exercise Sciences are endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Students graduating with a BS or MS degree are well-prepared to work in a variety of settings or to attend graduate school within the following areas*:
Medicine (Medical Doctor, Physician Assistant)
Exercise Science and associated disciplines (MS or PhD level)
Strength and Conditioning
*Note: Students should seek the guidance of the Academic Services Coordinator, the pre-health professional advisor, faculty mentors, and/or the school of interest with regards to needed pre-requisite courses for graduate school admission.
Students are also well-prepared to begin employment within the following areas:
Health/Medical Research (MS degree typically required)
Clinical Exercise Physiologist (MS degree typically required)
Health Club Facility Management
Group Fitness Instruction
Fitness and Wellness Coaching
Strength and Conditioning Coaching
"My time spent within the School of Health Studies exceeded my expectations. I was
surrounded by some of the most respected scientists within the exercise/sport science
field, which allowed for great mentoring that helped me though my doctorate and now
as a faculty member. I learned a tremendous amount about research, and was able to
collaborate on many different projects that enriched my education while being at The
University of Memphis. I know my time spent within the School of Health Studies will
only help me to excel as an educator and researcher."
-Tyler M. Farney, Ph.D., CSCS, USAW
"Throughout my graduate studies within the school of Health Studies, I was provided
an education that is second to none. The skills acquired through this program allowed
me to reach my academic goals in addition to providing me with the necessary tools
to succeed as an educator and in the field of research. I had the opportunity to work
in multiple labs alongside of some of the most respected scientists in their fields
which allowed for a diverse educational experience. The education provided by the
School of Health Studies fully prepared me to face the rigors of Ph.D. studies and
beyond. Without question, much of the success I have earned as well as my potential
for future success can be credited to the education acquired from the School of Health
Studies and their exceptional professors."
- Damien C. Moore, MS
"I have gained much valuable research experience in the School of Health Studies under
the guidance of many distinguished mentors. The knowledge I have gained allowed me
to be a step ahead of my peers in medical school and there is no doubt that I will
be a better physician someday as a result of my experiences."
-Moe Kabir, MS
"Performing undergraduate research in the School of Health Studies was a great learning
experience. The faculty and staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and inspiring. Being
able to publish scientific papers and perform clinical science research gave me a
competitive edge when applying for graduate school."
-Zach Bell, BSEd
"Through the School of Health Studies, I was able to develop my skills in all facets
of scientific research including subject recruitment and screening, data collection
and statistical analysis, blood collection and processing, manuscript writing/poster
preparation, exposure undertaking biochemical assays, and collaboration with other
graduate students. Above all else though, I was mentored on the scientific process
and how to undertake it in a research environment. These enabled me to progress onto
a premier biomedical institution and research laboratory."
-Cam McCarthy, MS
Exercise science Laboratories
Within the School of Health Studies, a collection of faculty-directed laboratories is available devoted to the scientific study of human health and aspects of performance. The laboratories and their respective directors are listed here.
Numerous studies of varied foci are conducted each year within the laboratories. Faculty members within Exercise Science secure external funding to support their research and their work is published in both national and international peer-reviewed journals. For more detailed information, please see the individual laboratory websites.
Both undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to participate in faculty-directed research, through their acting as a participant. Students also work within the various labs as volunteers, interns, or graduate research assistants.